Here’s one for the Feb Fasters. I made this dish up when I wanted something to ward off a cold. Its powerfully healthy, but also warm and hearty. Its also great for when you feel the need to cleanse and detox. Soba noodles are fantastic – they only take minutes to cook. If you don’t fancy the salmon, leave it out, and substitute with some tofu if you wish.
About one quarter of a regular packet of soba noodles (if you’re unsure, cook more rather than less, they don’t expand in size as much as regular pasta).
½ bunch broccolini
1 fresh salmon fillet
A small red birdseye chilli, deseeded and chopped finely (use latex gloves to avoid burns)
½ clove garlic, very finely sliced – you want it paper thin
½ tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
½ a spring onion, finely sliced
dash of soy sauce or tamari (I prefer tamari, its less salty)
1 tspn chili oil (use light olive oil if you don’t have chilli oil, but you might want to up the amount of fresh chilli – I really like this dish to pack a good chilli punch!)
dash of olive oil
juice of ½ a lemon
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the salmon on a piece of baking paper and drizzle over a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Fold the paper into a boat, sealing well. Place on a tray and bake at for about 10 minutes. While the fish is cooking, steam the broccolini to your liking (I prefer soft, not crunchy). Remove the fish and don’t worry if its not quite cooked when you take it out, it will keep steaming in the paper. Break up the salmon flesh, discarding the skin and any bones, and set aside, with the broccolini.
Bring a large pot of water to the boil, throw the soba noodles in and stir. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the noodles aren’t sticking together. While the noodles are cooking, put the garlic, chilli, and spring onion in a large bowl. Drain the noodles, do not rinse, and tip them into the bowl with the garlic etc. Toss it all around – the heat from the noodles will lightly cook the garlic, onion and chilli.
Toss through a few dashes of soy sauce or tamari, the chilli oil and lemon juice. Toss through the salmon, broccolini and coriander, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve in a big bowl.